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Sulfur Cinquefoil has reasonably attractive flowers and foliage. The latter has some resemblance to the foliage of Cannabis sativa (Marijuana). However, Marijuana is usually a taller plant with very different flowers. Its leaflets are more elliptic and slender than those of Sulfur Cinquefoil. There are many kinds of Potentilla spp. (Cinquefoil species), both native and introduced, that are often difficult to distinguish. Sulfur Cinquefoil can be identified by its erect habit, palmate leaves with 5-7 leaflets, pale yellow petals that are longer than the sepals, and terminal clusters of flowers that are flat-headed. In contrast, other Cinquefoil species differ on one or more of the following characteristics

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